Janis Spehr / Flowers for the Protestants
Most of the stories are located in a domesticated rural landscape which nevertheless retains a haunting, crooked beauty while some occur in an urban environment which enables women to forge new identities through work and love.
Julie Thorndyke / Mrs Rickaby's Lullaby
Mrs Rickaby’s Lullaby is an engaging novel of haunting lyricism and gentle humour, exploring the timeless themes of love, loss and widowhood, friendship and belonging.
Colin Rogers / From the Mallee: Five stories
Five stories to take you away from the anonymity of big cities and into the Mallee. Into communities where everyone knows everyone else’s business or, if they don’t know it, they invent it.
Angus Gaunt / Prime Cuts
Themes of deception, betrayal and unexpected delight are woven through Angus Gaunt’s first collection of stories.
Edna Taylor / The Empty Chair & other stories
'Classic short stories have an immediate momentum taking us directly to the action or the issue. They have an economy of time and place and a sudden resolution. Edna Taylor’s short stores are indeed such classics.' - Dr Michael Liddle
J.S. Scholz / Little Islands and other stories
J.S. Scholz’s writing has won many prestigious awards, and been published as far afield as Norway. Now, a unique selection of his stories is gathered here - small islands in a big sea.
Brennan O'Shea / Don't Wait
Stories by Brennan O’Shea have been described as ‘quirky’. Don’t Wait is a selection from the last twenty years. O’Shea lives a very quiet life in a seaside suburb of Adelaide.
Annie Horner / No One Was Watching
No One Was Watching is a work of fiction. These stories, although informed by factual events, do not intend to speak for people who endured living in out-of-home ‘care’ during part or all of their childhood but instead provide an alternative, imaginative entrée into this once-hidden Australian history.
Maureen Mendelowitz / Alone not lonely
Set in the turmoil of the apartheid years in South Africa a coloured woman faces the trials of racial discrimination as well as her own family trauma.
Mary Pomfret / The Hard Seed
‘The spirit of Australian Gothic survives and thrives in Mary Pomfret’s Hard Seed, although few rural mysteries are as profound, or as captivating.’ - Laurie Steed
Ray Clift / Loose Lips
James Newton is a Vietnam veteran who is wounded in spirit and in body. As a freelance journalist, recently divorced, he is tasked with interviewing a legend by the name of Chocko from Morocco, who lives in Arthur River, in the north-west of Tasmania.
David Brelsford / Bernie
David Brelsford's second collection of stories.
Maureen Mitson / Katherine's Web
Katherine’s Web is the third novel in Maureen Mitson’s Anglo-German-Australian trilogy detailing the lives and experiences of three women from the early days of colonisation until the present day. Katherine is the daughter of Esther in Esther’s Wars, who was the daughter of Beatrice in Beatrice’s Commonsensical Approach.
Libby Sommer / The Usual Story
Readers who liked The Crystal Ballroom will love The Usual Story, a delicately fragmented story of memory, intrigue and passion.
Laurie Brady / Pursuit: Humorous Stories
Recollecting school escapades, ridding a house of lust, a practical joke misfiring, dealing with a boy’s swearing, a talking dog, a woman’s take on the Odysseus legend, dogged self-centredness, a suspect solution to the world’s problems, bizarre seductions, an afterlife wish granted, a jinxed lover pursuing his beloved…
Mark Cornell / Julia & the Moonbirds
New Year’s Eve 1969. Feisty, red-haired Julia King places her drunken arm around the shoulders of shy Shane McCarthy and invites him to join her band the Moonbirds.
Pippa Kay / Keeping it in the Family
'Pippa Kay does not shrink from reality when it is cruel or sordid, but neither does she wallow. Though there is drama aplenty, and ugliness, there is pathos too. This is not misery-lit. In these stories, the author neither condemns nor excuses. This is their great strength.' - Janita Cunnington
J. Olsen / Rose
In the 1990s, Julia Honeychurch moves to Canberra with her new husband Brian to take up a position at a school for troubled children. When the marriage sours, Julia learns that, in Canberra, it’s difficult to keep secrets.
Barbara Gurney / Purple and Other Hues
Barbara Gurney’s award-winning stories sit on an easel of storytelling, within a collection of multicoloured work.
Avril Smith / A Fragment of Time
'Her warmth for life’s misfits shines through in her writing - as does her sharp wit, humour and appreciation of the quirky and inexplicable.' - Anna Buck